'Gøteborg' is Danish for Gothenburg

18-01 2012


 January 27th to February 6th, the 35th Göteborg International Film Festival is taking place.

This year, Denmark will be occupying a large share of the programme with seminars and 30 films screenings. One of the screenings will be of Mads Matthiesen's feature debut Teddy Bear, running for the Golden Dragon for Best Nordic Film and its whopping one million SEK cash award. This year's jury is headed by Austrian director Jessica Hausner.

Read Kim Skotte's interview with Mads Matthiesen here.

Teddy Bear, directed and co-written by Mads Matthiesen (with Martin P. Zandvliet) centres on a 38-year-old bodybuilder, Dennis would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya. He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he is going to Germany. But it isn’t long before Dennis' naive picture of what love should be like get some big bruises, and he is about to lose hope when he unexpectedly meets the Thai woman Toi, and they fall in love.

Teddy Bear will run against the Swedish films Avalon by Axel Petersen - opening film of the festival-, Flimmer, feature debut of the short film maverick Patrick Eklund, She Male Snails, a documentary/fantasy epic by Ester-Martin Bergsmark. Norway's Company Orheim by Arild Andresen, Sons of Norway by the established Jens Lien, Stars Above by Finland's rising filmmaker Saara Cantell (Heartbeats) and Iceland's documentary Either Way by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, recent winner of Best Film/Best Script in Torino. 

More to follow on the Golden Dragon Competition!

The Danish focus include a masterclass with Lone Scherfig and the debate ‘Danish Features vs Danish Documentaries' attended by Jakob Høgel, artistic director of New Danish Screen, directors Birgitte Stærmose, Eva Mulvad and Mads Mathiesen.

TV will of course have its share as well with February 2 dedicated to NFM TV Drama Vision (formerly Meeting Point Television). David Madden, president and Nancy Cotton, vice president of Fox Television Studios will discuss the process of remaking the Danish cult series The Killing (Forbrydelsen).
They will be joined by DR Head of drama Piv Bernth and Swedish producer Lars Blomgren (Filmlance International) who will try to explain ‘What makes Nordic TV Drama Travel'.

Not to miss are the almost 400 non-Danish films from 80 countries that will also be showcased during the 35th Göteborg International Film Festival along with 40 seminars on various film-related topics.